Nehemiah

REBUILDING AFTER EXILE

The last verses in 2 Chronicles are the first verses in Ezra, so continue the journey of the People of God as they come out of exile and rebuild the Temple and the Walls in Jerusalem. We begin the story with the people of Israel in exile and the Temple in Jerusalem destroyed. But now, as prophesied by Jeremiah, it’s time to come back. In these amazing books, we have the stories of three key figures in the building of the Second Temple, the walls in Jerusalem and the return of the people of God to Jerusalem. Follow Zerubbabel, Ezra and Nehemiah as they overcome the enemies to re-establish God’s Temple again.

 

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Part One

LORD, THE GOD OF HEAVEN, THE GREAT AND AWESOME GOD, WHO KEEPS HIS COVENANT OF LOVE WITH THOSE WHO LOVE HIM AND KEEP HIS COMMANDMENTS

N 1:5


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FROM PASSION TO PURPOSE

As I read Nehemiah, I am overwhelmed by how God puts specific gifts and specific burdens into people’s hearts to bring fullness to the work of God and the body of Christ. Just like in Ezra, He provides the right people at the right time, but this time it is the right leaders for the right move of God. I have an intense passion for God’s Word and it motivates me to do what I do here at Trash Your Bible. But not everyone has that passion; I chatted to someone the other day who has a passion for editing and we were so grateful to put that passion to work on our website (love you Mary!). Again, I chatted to another person who has a passion for designing clothes, another person publishing Bibles, another making money to support the Church – all valuable pieces of the incredible puzzle called the Kingdom of God!

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THE GATES

The book of Nehemiah is set during quite a distressing time for the people of God. The events of Nehemiah are largely set off the back of the Fall of Judah and the destruction of Jerusalem and its temple in 586 B.C, as can be seen in 2 Kings 25. As can be assumed this was certainly the lowest point in their history. Though it is only up hill from here. In 536 B.C. the Persian King Cyrus decrees the end of exile for the Jews and allows them to return back to their city. The book of Ezra then recounts of the Temple being rebuilt in 516 B.C and takes us right up until the time of Nehemiah. We’re taken on the journey from about 445 B.C. where Nehemiah pleads with king Artaxerxes to be sent to Judah (specifically the city of Jerusalem) to rebuild it (2:5).

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Part Two

FOR THE JOY OF THE LORD IS YOUR STRENGTH.

N 8:10


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BUT I PRAYED - A LESSON IN PRAYER FROM NEHEMIAH

In the Book of Nehemiah, we get a first-hand look into Nehemiah’s thoughts, passions and prayers. What strikes me as I study this book is how much he prays. I mean, this guy doesn’t do the normal ten-minute check-in every morning, tick off ‘Daily Prayer’ on his to-do list and continue on with his day. For Nehemiah, prayer is a lifestyle not a discipline. The word ‘pray’ appears eight times in the book and it isn’t in places you would expect...

The book opens with the title ‘Nehemiah’s Prayer’ in Nehemiah 1:1 – this whole book is going to show us the heart and prayer life of a leader who became the Governor of Judah, so we can take him as our mentor for prayer.


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HISTORICAL BOOKS TO THE PROPHETS | RYAN KERRISON

Protestant bibles place the book of Nehemiah right toward the back of the Historical Books due in part to the decisions made by those in the third century before Christ, who translated the Septuagint (the earliest Greek translation of the Hebrew Old Testament) also known as the LXX. The order of the books has been preserved from that time, through Jerome (a 4th Century Priest), who translated the Vulgate (Latin translation of the bible), and now into our English translations today. This format runs differently in the traditional Hebrew scriptures, where Nehemiah gets categorised into the K’Tuvim (Writings) alongside the Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes and many more due to its literary nature.

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